|Louise Goodchild Designs||
Merry Christmas to all my lovely customers - you know who you are. And to any others reading this - may Father Christmas be kind to you, and may next year be your best yet. Love, Louise xxx
Well, kind of. We had SO much snow yesterday! Luckily, as it was the weekend, we stayed in the warm and watched it come down. We ventured up the shop (on foot) today, and hubby went and dug the car out this afternoon, in preparation for an undoubtedly hairy journey to work tomorrow. As we all know, it's an absolute nightmare trying to get about in all this white stuff, but just think of all those lucky schoolkids who've finished for Christmas and have all this to play in! :)
Anyway, the weather's pretty much drawn a line under my Christmas present list - if I haven't got it now, it's too blinkin' late! Naturally, I had to discover yesterday that I'd wrapped the wrong present (again! How do I manage it?) and passed it on, so that will have to be retrieved and swapped at some point! Still can't show any piccies of pressies made, so you are welcome to look at the things I've made myself instead - a black and silver necklace, and a sparkling clear set of pendant, earrings and bracelet, both with fabulous lampwork by Isabelle Anderson and Laney from Izzybeads respectively.
I had a nice surprise this week - series 1 and 2 of Life On Mars arrived in the post from my dad and stepmum, so I had me a little Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt fix last night. Love that series - how is it that John Simm manages to look SO cool in those seventies clothes, even against a backdrop of the worst wallpaper ever?! ;D
I'm not panicking. Really. The fact that I've failed to organise most of my pressies and have still only made half of my Christmas cards is NOT worrying me AT ALL. (*gibber*) My defense is that the cold has frozen my brain. I was making a 90th birthday card this morning for my Nan's birthday (today!) and wondering if I will ever manage to do anything before the 11th hour - even at the 10th hour would be something ...
I have made a couple of birthday and Christmas pressies this week (photos under wraps until the occasions are over!), a commission which inspired some barbed wire earrings for yours truly, and a couple of Christmas-inspired things. And it's time I started getting some of the ingredients for our seasonal grub - I always make a Panettone, and I must not let myself leave the purchasing of the mixed peel until the last minute! So much to do and so little time - remind me again why I love Christmas? ;D
Anyway, I hope everyone else's preparations are going much more swimmingly than mine - for me, it's looking like a wing and a prayer situation, but I keep trying to convince myself that's half of the fun!
And that is a relief, let me tell you. I think I was wondering in my last blog where all the time goes, and I've yet to find a satisfactory answer. December is zooming towards me like a train, and I feel like the bimbo heroine tied to the tracks. I just can't seem to get into gear this year - and I have to. Could someone please arrange to have more hours slotted into the day so I can catch up?
Anyway, it's probably no surprise that I have nothing to show this week on the jewellery front - I'm still arguing with the 'birthday' beads about how they should be made into a necklace, and the peyote bracelet I started is still not finished. And as for the fact that I've only made twelve Christmas cards so far - let's not even go there ...
Never mind. In spite of the fact that I seem to be woefully unprepared this year, I'm still looking forward to the festive season. Counting the lit Christmas trees in windows, listening out for the first Christmas song on the radio (forcing poor hubby to listen to my entire Christmas cd collection from the 1st December), wearing scratchy tinsel in my hair every time I go out for a drink, queueing for hours in the supermarket for the same amount of food you buy every damn week ... it's all part of the fun.
Oh yes - I've at last added a couple of new bits to the website tonight - fruity raspberry jewellery in the Earrings and Pendants sections. Enjoy.
As my hubby would agree, my middle name should definitely be 'Sparkly'. I love this time of year - I've spent enough years coaxing cats out from behind sofas to appreciate that Bonfire Night isn't fun for everyone, but in spite of that I do still love fireworks. Probably because they're sparkly to the nth degree. Whatever the reason, having already dragged the polymer clay out to make some beads intended for a friend's birthday necklace, I was inspired to make something sparkly. So Christmas beads seemed to be the order of the day - I expect they'll find their way into a Christmas-themed bracelet or two, but at the moment they're sitting on my desk looking all festive, and reminding me that I still have loads of Christmas pressies to organize (gulp). I have made a couple more presents, but I've still got a lot to do - where does all the time go?!
I did make a couple of pieces inspired by beautiful books that I got for my birthday - one is all seed-beady, and the other is (of course) my old fave - wire. I now have a ton of sanding and polishing to do on the beads for the birthday necklace, but I shall endeavour to list some new stuff in the shop very soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the cold snap of Autumn and the scent of burning leaves, and remember that Christmas is ONLY NEXT MONTH. Sorry, couldn't resist ... ;D
Yep, tis my birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate, I treated myself to some fabulous beads by lampwork artist Claire-Louise Patrick at Ciel Creations, and made this for myself, using some lovely faceted agate I bought at Farnham, and some brass discs I had fun hammering the cr*p out of! I'm also offering 10% off all items on my website from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th October, so have a browse and grab yourself a bargain!
I've also made a commission this week in classic black and silver - great for the party season which, try as you might to ignore it, is heading this way fast. But before then we have Halloween, so I'll be digging out my pumpkin necklace and wine glass charms (yep, this time last year I was playing with polymer clay) and then I'll have to find something suitably sparkly for Bonfire Night. I love fireworks!
In the meantime, I must move my backside and get on with the Christmas presents - though maybe not till after enjoying a glass or two of pink fizz on my birthday ...
Yes, I'm back! And I did have a fabulous holiday in Cornwall, with a lot more good weather than expected. We visited my Dad and Stepmum first, who are lucky enough to live in beautiful Kernow (and fitted in a leetle trip to a certain bead shop in St. Ives, naturally), then hubby and I had a week by ourselves enjoying the peace and quiet and the stunning Cornish coast. There's a few piccies here if you're interested. Not much beading to show, understandably, although I did have a play with some wire for a pressie, pics of which will be posted in due course.
It's hard to believe we only came back yesterday - how long till the next holiday?! Ah well, I like this time of year - I love Autumn, and October is filled with celebrations in our family, so I shall put off having the heating on as long as possible, enjoy the dark, candlelit evenings and NOT mention the C word (it's only 83 days, you know). After all, we have Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to first ... ;D
As I have a holiday coming up, it's completely standard for the temperature to drop several degrees, and for me to be walloped with the illness stick. Nothing serious, just a really irritating cough (ask my hubby) and a lovely thumping headache to accompany it. After several nights of sleeping on the sofa, hacking away, I actually managed a whole night without a coughing fit last night, so things are looking up! I'd never realized before, though, that tickly cough medicine is just liquid sugar. Which explains why a: it doesn't work and b: it only comes in 'non drowsy' and doesn't help at all with the sleeplessness ...
Anyway, what with the coughing and trying to iron enough holiday clothes to allow for every possible variation of English weather (believe me, we've experienced them all), I haven't got too much done on the jewellery front. I did manage a commissioned bracelet for my stepmum (which I shall be delivering whilst on holiday), a necklace using a lovely lampwork focal bead by Beverley Edge, and another filigree pendant. Oh, and I was lucky enough to win - yes, I actually won something! - some fabulous polymer clay beads by Hazel Ward of Continuum Designs, which of course I had to make into a bracelet for yours truly. Hey, trust me, I never win anything! Check out Hazel's Etsy shop - her beads are truly beautiful.
So, I'll be back soon with some holiday photos and possibly the odd bead (I've heard there might be a bead shop in the vicinity, but shhh - don't tell hubby ... ) - until then, ta-ra! :)
This week, I managed to clear out a cupboard. Yes, a whole one. Anyone who knows me will appreciate what an achievement this actually is. Even better, it was the cupboard with all my craft stuff (excluding jewellery making paraphernalia) in it, so I can now actually get to all my bits and pieces without causing an avalanche! Of course, this is only one cupboard down and umpteen to go, but it's a start ...
I don't seem to have achieved much I can show in the last couple of weeks - another Christmas pressie and a couple of special Christmas cards - but I did make myself a sparkly bracelet and a dragon's egg ring, along with a bracelet commissioned by my lovely stepmum. Oh yes, and a winter-themed necklace - Frost - which will be appearing on the necklaces page shortly. I'm still on a lampwork-buying ban, so it was time to get out some of my precious lampwork stash and have a play. There are extra snowball beads (made by the talented Trudi Doherty of www.glitteringprize.co.uk), so I shall probably rustle up a pair of earrings with them. I'm still desperate to have a go at lampworking (making glass beads in a flame) myself, but I've been absolutely forbidden by my otherwise remarkably long-suffering hubby. Given that I managed to remove the tip of my own thumb whilst merely cutting a lettuce, I can't really blame him ...
Isn't it funny how just one extra day can make such a difference? I think I'll start campaigning on behalf of all the workers who would benefit from a four-day working week (on full pay, of course) - I'm sure the surge in employee satisfaction could only benefit all concerned - after all, surely a happy worker is a productive worker? Right? And that, my friends, is why I'll never be prime minister. Or any kind of politician. Or a boss.
Anyway, I spent most of the weekend not making jewellery, but I did manage to sneak in enough time to make a few pairs of earrings. The only challenge I set myself was that they all had to be quite different. Have a look on the earrings page to see what I came up with. Earlier in the week, I made another filigree pendant, and an autumnal one named after Nicky Wire (of Manic Street Preachers fame) - made whilst listening to him on the radio. The Manics were my favourite band for a long time, and I still love all of their early music, so I'm tentatively looking forward to the release of their new album. Nothing will ever equal Scream To A Sigh, though, for me ... ah, those were the days ...